Writing about Hal Turner comes almost as second nature since I have been doing just that for years now. However, writing about Hal Turner being arrested has only been a dream of mine - until now. I only wish that the charges would come from another source - but I'll not look a gift horse in the mouth.
Several people on both sides of the ideological spectrum are asking the same question in the aftermath of yesterday's arrest - "Why now when Hal has been doing much the same thing that he is charged with for years?"
Well, I am no legal expert in these matters, but here are my thoughts - all of which are racing right at the moment.
The charges brought are state felony charges much like those brought against Bill White several months back. Unlike the White case, there have been no federal charges - yet.
In reading the news accounts and the internet post that resulted in these charges, I was struck by a couple of pronouns that Turner used - these might have done him in. Example:
Thankfully, the Founding Fathers gave us the tools necessary to resolve tyranny: The Second Amendment.
TRN advocates Catholics in Connecticut take up arms and put down this tyranny by force. To that end, THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT ON "THE HAL TURNER SHOW" we will be releasing the home addresses of the Senator and Assemblyman who introduced Bill 1098 as well as the home address of Thomas K. Jones from the OSE.
After all, if they are so proud of what they're doing, they shouldn;t mind if everyone knows where they live.
It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally. These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die.
If any state attorney, police department or court thinks they're going to get uppity with us about this; I suspect we have enough bullets to put them down too.
Using the pronouns "us" and "we" along with words like "intent," "direct action," "personally," and "put them down" pretty much implies that you and some one else intends to cause harm to your target.
Hal Turner has always been this shock-jock hate machine who vomits vitriolic threats all over the internet looking for some sort of attention. Prostituting himself for his own personal, self-serving gain has garnered him a few more than his 15 minutes of fame over the years. As others of the same persuasion have been arrested for much lesser offenses than those committed by Turner, it has been suggested that he has been more beneficial to law-enforcement running amok rather than behind bars. Considering the fact that just a couple of days ago, Turner posted a map to the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago highlighting the location of the built in anti-truck bomb barriers while targeting three circuit court judges, it will be interesting to see if other charges are brought against this reprobate.
As expected, there are those who are decrying the arrest as a direct affront to the First Amendment. Even some who have been severely critical of Turner in the past, fear this to be an omen of future abridgements. The question that this writer would ask is, perhaps, one that would incite the protecors of that freedom even more - when the First Amendment was written, what was the intent?
Was it intended that anyone could say anything at anytime? If that was the case, then are we to assume that it is okay for another to threaten harm to you and your family? Was it intended that your right to free speech be able to interfere with my right to live, love, and raise my family without fear of intimidation or threat? I don't think the Founding Fathers intended any such thing.
There are many things happening in our country and, indeed, within the government that need our attention. We can criticize...we can protest...we can campaign...we can lobby...we can vote...we can use all sorts of peaceful means to effect change. Holding people hostage through intimidation and threats of violence is not, however, acceptable in this society - or under the Constitution.
It will be interesting to see what happens to Hal Turner. It will also be interesting to witness the reactions of those who support him regardless of the outcome.